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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ea"ger
  1. Sharp; sour; acid.(Obs)"Like eagerdroppings into milk." [Shak.]
  2. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.(Obs)"A nipping and an eagerair."" Eagerwords." [Shak.]
  3. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase."And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes." [Shak.]"How eagerly ye follow my disgraces!" [Shak.]"When to her eager lips is brought Her infant's thrilling kiss." [Keble.]"A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys." [Hawthorne.]"Conceit and grief an eager combat fight." [Shak.]
  4. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.(Obs)"Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself." [Locke.]
    synonyms: Earnest; ardent; vehement; hot; impetuous; fervent; intense; impassioned; zealous; forward.

Usage: See Earnest.Eager Earnest. Eager marks an excited state of desire or passion; thus, a child is eager for a plaything, a hungry man is eager for food, a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable to frequent abuses, and is good or bad, as the case may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind, feeling, or sentiment. It is always taken in a good sense; as, a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.

Etymology: OE. egre sharp, sour, eager, OF. agre aigre, F. aigre, fr. L. acer sharp, sour, spirited, zealous; akin to Gr. � highest, extreme, Skr. a�ra point; fr. a root signifying to be sharp. Cf. Acrid Edge

noun Ea"ger
Same as Eagre.
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  1. A high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  2. Having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy ("eager to learn", "eager to travel abroad", "eager for success", "eager helpers", and "an eager look")

From Middle English eger, from Old French egre (French aigre), from Latin acer (“sharp, keen”); see acid, acerb, etc. Compare vinegar, alegar.

See eagre.

  1. Alternative form of eagre (tidal bore).

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Eager

    Ben Eager is a hockey player. He has had major accomplishments since 2004. Ben was born on January 22nd, 1984 in Ottawa.


    Vince Eager is a rock and roll, pop, rock, and roll musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Vince was given the name Roy Taylor on June 4th, 1940 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Vince is also known as Vince Eager, Taylor, and Roy (birth name).


    Brenda Lee Eager is a soul music, gospel music, and blues singing and songwriter. She plays Piano. She has been prominent since 1970. Brenda was born on August 8th, 1947.


    Allen Eager was a jazz musician and composer. He plays Tenor saxophone and Alto saxophone. Allen was born on January 10th, 1927 in New York City. He left this life on April 13th, 2003.


    Samuel was born on April 8th, 1789. He breathed his last breath on December 23rd, 1860.


    Mark was born on March 17th, 1962.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Eager U.S.
      White 88.29% 64.26%
      African American 6.42% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.48% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Eager are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Eager

    • How Popular is the name Eager? As a last name Eager was the 13,246th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Eager first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Eager is Tuesday, August 2nd, 1881.
    • How unique is the name Eager? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Eager. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Eager: Your name in reverse order is Regae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgaee. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Eager? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,305 people with the last name Eager.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Eager? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Eager as their last name since less than 1 person in 128k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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